Pre and Post operative precautions are vital in all surgeries. They ensure your complete and most expedient recovery. Every patient is different and some will take longer to recover from liposuction than others.
When you get this form of cosmetic surgery, you should anticipate needing a few days to get over the worst of the recovery phase. As mentioned below (read post-op discomfort), post-liposuction swelling and discomfort are most prevalent for three or four days after the operation. You may resume your typical activities in about fourteen days. After this, you may experience soreness, bruising and swelling for two or three weeks.
Before and after your liposuction, your cosmetic surgeon will talk with you and let you know what to expect. He or she may also recommend compression garments to soothe inflammation (swelling). Pain relievers should take the edge off of the muscle-burning sensation which is common along those who’ve had liposuction. There are ways to manage the discomfort and swelling. If you have questions, be sure to let your doctor know. In most cases, you’ll be provided with a full list of post-op self-care techniques.
Also, if you have a friend or family member around to help you after fat removal surgery, be sure to let them take good care of you.
Most people who undergo this procedure are able to return to their typical activities after about four days. Although you may still experience swelling and discomfort after that point in time.
Depending on the style of liposuction performed, the doctor may send you home with special dressing and compression garments. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, you should be able to resume your normal diet within the first 24 hours of going home.
As with pre-operative care, you should continue to avoid alcoholic drinks within 48 hours of surgery. Be sure to get plenty of fluids and have a well balanced and nutritious diet to help support your recovery. Keep the liposuction wounds clean and dry. Always wash your hands with warm antibacterial soap and water before tending to your dressings. Good personal hygiene is important to avoiding complications and have a safe recovery. Do not resume sweat-inducing physical activities too soon after the procedure. Or if you do, shower more frequently to help reduce the risk of infection. Careful post-op self-care is the key to recovering quickly. So, be sure to follow all instructions that you are given by your doctor. This will be the best way to feel better soon.
Usually, there will be pain and swelling for four days after liposuction. After this, pain and swelling will typically decrease, but may still be present. Once the four-day period where discomfort and swelling are most pronounced is over, you’ll enter the proliferative phase. This is the phase whereby scar tissue begins to form and thereby heals the wounds from fat removal surgery. This phase goes on for about six weeks. You could be given pain medication which will help you to manage any discomfort after surgery, as well as medical advice on how to deal with swelling. Also, you’ll see your surgeon for follow-up so he or she may track your healing and discuss any concerns that you have with you.
Any form of surgery typically has a four-day period where swelling and pain are present. It’s not just liposuction. However, most patients do find their pain and swelling to be manageable. Basically liposuction removes the sub cutaneous fat off or your thighs, belly, back or arms and buttocks. A small incision is made and a long wand like vacuum device is inserted and the fat is literally sucked out of your body. Hence minimal to average post-op discomfort is present like any medical procedure. Typically you will see a lot of drainage during the first three days following the procedure. You must continue to clean and change bandages per instructions until an incision has ceased draining for a full 24 hours. Do not re-dress non draining incisions with bandages or topical ointments, simply keeping them clean and aired out will help them to heal best with the least amount of scaring.
Immediately following your operation, you should focus on yourself and your healing. Take it easy and rest and let others do things for you. The sense of discomfort experienced after liposuction is usually described as a sensation of “muscle burning”, such as a person would feel while working out aggressively.